FAT CAT Floral Tubes + 2 Peg Racks BUNDLE 🌿🐛
Super-Sized 50 ml Large Floral Tubes that fit snugly in our Peg Rack Holders to keep cuttings upright and secure for your munching monarch caterpillars 😊
- 16 pack of large floral water tubes + 2 peg racks
- Recommended for raising swallowtails, monarchs, and holding nectar flowers
- Chrysalises formed on pegs should be relocated: Swallowtails, Monarchs
- 9" by 4" racks with 40 slots to space out 8 tubes over each rack
- fit 2 racks in baby cube or tall baby cages
- fit 4 racks in big cube or monarch tower
- 48 ml capacity- our largest floral tubes for less refilling
- Saves Milkweed...and ⌚️
- New and Improved Longer Lasting Lids on floral tubes
- Lids also easier to remove
- Use for milkweed stem or leaf cuttings (or other host + nectar plants)
- Easy to clean & Reusable
- Floral Tube racks are the most secure way to elevate tubes and keep caterpillars from crawling around in 💩
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I bought 2 of the yellow racks along with tubes but I don't think I'll be using the yellow racks. My cats couldn't "figure out" how to get up to the cuttings and I had to give them a boost (or 10). It was just awkward. I am using the tubes for the cuttings and just laying them on the poo-poo platter in this way - I'm putting a wet cotton ball and a couple extra drips of water in the tube so it doesn't leak, but the cuttings stay moist enough. I cut the leaf along the rib so I can stick it further into the tube. Now I have to find another use for the racks, but I'm sure I will.
While I love the size of the floral tubes and being able to use a rack, neither is without problems. The floral tubes are easy to use and to add water when needed. I like the texture of the lids and how easily they slip on/off, yet seem plenty secure. However, I agree with the issues about pooling water on the lids if you fill them too full as well as frass collecting on the tops. I've resorted to using the pointy end of a smaller floral tube to flick away the frass when I need to clean but not replace a cutting. I also use this technique for cleaning frass between the pegs on the rack. I've also had problems with the floral tubes popping out if I don't seat them in far enough. I'm not fond of how the pegs splay out as I'm afraid that may cause them to break over time. I really wanted to love the rack itself, but I hate how my cats want to rest on it and possibly form a chrysalis there. I've relocated many cats to prevent this. I recently saw the suggestion to cover the rack with a disposable shower cap or saran wrap and poke holes for the tubes. I'll try that next, but hate adding the plastic to the landfill when it needs changing. Sadly, I ordered 2 of the rack/tube sets shortly before the new, shorter peg racks were introduced. If only I had waited a little longer to place my order.
This is my first year using floral tubes and racks instead of glass jars. The problem with the tubes is that the lids are concave. Frass collects there and is difficult to remove. I also have to be careful not to fill the tubes to the top when inserting cutting stems for teeny caterpillars or eggs on cuttings; if the tube is too full, water seeps through the opening and puddles on the cap, which could drown.a small cat that crawls down the stem. A couple problems with the peg rack: First, it’s hard to clean the frass from between the narrow rows of pegs. Second, the large floral tubes are to big to fit easily between the tines. You have to force them down to spread the pegs and be sure the tubes are seated securely—especially the first few times you use the racks. If you’re not careful, the tubes pop back up and fall over, which could injure a cat. Smaller floral tubes are a better fit, but then you lose the advantage of the larger tubes, which hold more water. And I just had a caterpillar form a chrysalis on a peg. (I inverted the entire rack over a shoebox so the chrysalis hangs freely rather than being squished up against the peg, and will relocate the chrysalis once it hardens.)
The first time I used the yellow holder a caterpillar J'd on a yellow spike, fell off and ended up a green squishy mishapen mess. So next, I tried wrapping the yellow holder in plastic but this is quite messy by the time you poke holes for the floral tubes. I prefer the 2 white holders I bought from you. The floral tubes are great though.
Hi Linda, sorry you had a bad experience with the yellow racks. We have a couple options for you going forward:
Option 2: We just released NEW racks that are an improvement over both the white and yellow racks you've used before. See the new racks here:
These are wonderful. I choose to only put 6 tubes in each rack to spread them out a little more.